Painful bunions often form after stress to the joint over a prolonged period. Tight, pointed, and confining shoes cause them to be seen more in women than men. Bunions may be inherited as a family trait or result from arthritis. Different forms of arthritis often affect the big toe joint.
Dr. Hawra Alzamely, BPod, is an experienced podiatrist that provides treatment of foot and ankle problems, including bunions.
Hawra approaches bunion treatment with a two-step patient care plan. First, she seeks to relieve bunion pain symptoms and callus formation caused by friction. Then, she works to stop further development of the problem.
Prescribed treatment may include:
- A protective felt padding to shield inflamed skin from the shoe wall
- Removal of nearby corns and calluses
- Fitted footwear
- Orthotic inserts
- Nighttime splints